PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE DX*: SCF Unicom, Cyprus

Unicom, Cyprus

Unrivaled hydrolizing antifouling produces immediate energy savings

The Customer

Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd, established in January 1991, is a member of the Sovcomflot Group but operates as an independent ship management company providing a wide range of services: total management; technical-, crew-, and commercial management; full operational management, including disbursement, freight and hire calculations, marine insurances and claims handling, plus project - and new building supervision.

As well as managing various types of vessels, SCF Unicom specializes in full management services for the safe operation of oil and gas tankers.

SCF Unicom currently manages a fleet of 91 vessels amounting to 7.2 million DWT, of which 89% (or 98% equivalent in DWT) are tankers. Thirty-one of these tankers are trading under long-term charters in the harsh, icy conditions of the arctic during the winter months.

The Challenge

SCF Unicom manages a fleet of mainly tankers that trade under long-term charters. Due to the extremely aggressive conditions that these vessels are exposed to and, with operational costs constantly increasing, optimal efficiency was of paramount importance.

The Customer

SCF Unicom


The Location

Cyprus


The Challenge

To deliver an energy efficient antifouling.


The Solution

The PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE DX silyl acrylate hydrolyzing antifouling.


The Benefits

Energy efficiency and fuel savings.


The Result

Excellent performance and efficiency optimization for 13 tankers in SCF Unicom’s fleet.

The Solution

SCF Unicom chose the PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE DX antifouling in March 2010 for the tankers M/T SCF Byrranga, M/T SCF Aldan and M/T SCF Baltica in order to benefit from the excellent linear polishing and self-smoothing properties provided by the advanced silyl acrylate binder.

Unicom, Cyprus

The SCF Caucasus after application

The PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE DX product is a premium self-polishing, self-smoothing silyl acrylate antifouling. In addition to keeping the ship’s hull free from fouling, its silyl-acrylate polymer technology also contributes positively to the hydrodynamics of the ship’s hull by reducing hull frictional drag and, crucially, the amount of fuel consumed.

The Benefits

Such was the noticeable difference in performance, that SCF Unicom was able to immediately confirm the outstanding operational results of the PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE DX antifouling and also the improved efficiency for each vessel.

The PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE DX antifouling is built on the state-of-the-art silyl-acrylate polymer and addresses both ecological and economical drivers in the shipping industry by contributing to fuel savings. The predictable product performance also allows for a tailor-made solution to each vessel’s profile and sailing pattern.

Main Benefits:

  • Fuel savings up to 3%
  • Lowers greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Reliable protection and predictable performance
  • Short overcoating intervals and refloating times
  • Suitable for new-building and dry docking
  • Excellent aesthetics and color retention
  • Improves application productivity – reduces dry-docking and downtime
  • One product meets the requirements of a broad range of vessels
  • Proven performance also at lower speeds
  • Highest solids content of all premium antifoulings

The Result

Unicom, Cyprus

The SCF Aleksey Kosygin after application

Following the superb performance results, SCF Unicom decided in 2012 to convert 8 more tankers and 2 bulk carriers to the PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE DX antifouling: the M/T SCF Caucasus, M/T Vladimir Tikhonov, M/T SCF Khibiny, M/T SCF Yeneise, M/T Tverskoy Bridge, M/T SCF Aleksey Kosygin, M/T Petropavlosk, M/T Challenge Passage, M/T Granat and the M/T Emerald.

SCF Unicom now has a total of 13 vessels that benefit from the energy efficient performance of the PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE DX antifouling.

The fleet manager of SCF Unicom commented, “We tested PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE in aggressive fouling conditions where it delivered excellent performance results, in addition to impressive fuel savings, and have decided to adopt this product for our future dry docks.”

 

*Formerly known as PPG SIGMA SYLADVANCE™ 800

PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE™ series

PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE™ series

The PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE series is based upon an extensive range of high-performance technologies. One of these advanced technologies, developed and patented by PPG, is based on Controlled Surface active Polymers (CSP). Benefits include fuel savings, idle time tolerance, linear polishing and low friction.

Antifouling / fouling release

Antifouling / fouling release

In today’s market, there are so many antifouling products that choosing the right one can become a burden. At PPG, we looked at this issue from a customer’s point of view and decided to upgrade our antifouling product offer to provide both relevant products and simplicity of choice.

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